Local students in the Barossa community will benefit from a $1.4 million Regional Study Hub.

The Barossa Campus launched yesterday in Beckwith Park with the Minister for Education Dan Tehan and the Member for Barker Tony Pasin as part of the Morrison Government’s Regional Study Hubs initiative.

Mr Tehan said there should be equality of opportunity to access higher education for every Australian, no matter where they live.

“Our Government understands the importance of every child having access to a quality education. Young people in regional Australia are half as likely to have completed a university degree as their city counterparts,” Mr Tehan said.

“This is why we are providing $24.2 million over four years to help establish or expand 16 Regional Study Hubs covering 22 locations throughout Australia, including the Barossa. This is part of our additional $134.8 million commitment to regional and rural higher education, bringing the total additional new funding to $400 million over five years.”

Mr Pasin said the Regional Study Hub will provide study spaces, internet access, video conferencing, administrative, pastoral and academic support for regional students studying via distance at the University of South Australia and Flinders University.

“The Barossa Campus will mean local students can take up higher education and training opportunities without having to relocate to the city or travel long distances from home,”
Mr Pasin said.

“By providing more higher education and training opportunities locally we can retain skills and experience that will boost our local economy and keep our community vibrant.”

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